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Khalid Mohamed sacked
Posted/Updated Thursday, Jan 29 22:41:22, 2009
The latest in a string of senior editorial departures is Khalid Mohamed, the senior film critic and writer at Hindustan Times. Mohamed was fired from the post of national culture editor. He had anchored the entertainment pages of the daily from Mumbai and was responsible for the section called HT Cafe.
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The SC on Jan. 28 passed an interim order asking that search engines of  Google, Yahoo and Microsoft  block ads for sex determination tests, a report said. The companies claim that they already comply with the rules, with Google’s lawyer making a distinction between “search and information” and “promotion and advertisement”. But petitioner Sabu Mathew George’s lawyer, has alleged that such content is still widely available on searches conducted on search engines.
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In Zee TV PM Modi has a fan club whose gush would make him blush if he had time to watch it. On Jan. 26, the two Zee news channels outdid themselves. On Zee Business a commentator gloated over the rich irony of a country which had denied Narendra Modi a visa, now sending its president on a visit as his guest. On Zee News school children were interviewed and one said, "Modiji was looking as if he was as powerful as Obama." Then an  anchor had a long discussion on the fabric of the coat he wore, with close-ups of it shown later in the evening.  There was some indulgent discussion on his rang-de-basanti-style turban, and fond talk of his burgeoning self-confidence. The channel  managed to sound like a proud parent.

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